Kentucky Derby 2021 - Road to the Kentucky Derby

Essential QualityKentucky Derby 2021 will go as planned on the first Saturday in May following the rescheduling of the 2020 Derby. For the first time in the points era, preps in California, New York, Florida and Kentucky will be run without Lasix. Horses who do run on the medication will not receive Derby points. Those horses are designated with a [*] in the chart.

Essential Quality, who has won the Breeders' Futurity and Breeders' Cup Juvenile, leads all c - but time will tell if he will have much more work to do to earn a berth. The remaining hopefuls have one last chance this weekend to vault their way up the Derby point leaderboard.

The following are results of each prep race and points earned. The table will be updated reflecting any changes to the schedule.

DateRace Track Distance 

1st (points)

2nd (points) 3rd (points) 4th (points) 
Sept. 5Iroquois Churchill Downs 1 mileSittin on Go (10)Midnight Bourbon (4) Super Stock (2) Therideofalifetime (1) 
Sept. 26 American Pharoah Santa Anita 1 1/16 miles Get Her Number (10) Rombauer (4) Speilberg (2) Waspirant (1) 
Oct. 3

 Breeders' Futurity Keeneland
1 1/16 miles
Essential Quality (10) Keepmeinmind (4)Super Stock (2)Upstriker (1)
Oct. 10Champagne Belmont Park 1 mile Jackie's Warrior (10) Reinvestment Risk (4) Midnight Bourbon (2)  Civil War (1) 
Nov. 6Breeders' Cup Juvenile Santa Anita 1 1/16 miles Essential Quality (20) Hot Rod Charlie (8) Keepmeinmind (4) Jackie's Warrior (2) 
Nov. 28Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs 1 1/16 miles Keepmeinmind (10) Smiley Sobotka (4) Arabian Prince (2) Swill (1) 
Dec. 5Remsen Aqueduct 1 1/8 miles Brooklyn Strong (10) Ten for Ten (4) Known Agenda (2) Pickin Time(1) 
Dec. 18Springboard Mile Remington Park  1 mile Señor Buscador*(4) CowanRed N'Wild*Saffa's Day*
Dec. 19Los Alamitos Futurity Los Alamitos 1 1/16 miles (10) Spielberg(4) The Great One(2) Petruchio(1) Red Flag
Jan. 1Jerome Aqueduct 1 mile (10) Kapo Cane(4) Eagle Orb(2) Hold the Salsa(1) Swill
Jan. 2Sham Santa Anita 1 mile (10) Life is Good(4) Medina Spirit(2) Parnelli(1) Waspirant
Jan. 16 Lecomte Fair Grounds 1 1/16 miles (10) Midnight Bourbon(4) Proxy(2) Mandaloun(1) Santa Cruiser
Jan. 22 Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park 1 mile (10) Caddo River(4) Cowan(2) Big Thorn(1) Moonlite Strike
Jan. 30 Robert B. Lewis  Santa Anita 1 1/16 miles (10)Medina Spirit(4) Roman Centurion(2) Hot Rod Charlie(1) Spielberg
Jan. 30Holy Bull  Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 miles(10) Greatest Honour(4) Tarantino(2) Prime Factor(1) Papetu
Feb. 6Withers Aqueduct 1 1/8 miles (10) Risk Taking(4) Overtook(2) Capo Kane(1) Royal Number
Feb. 6Sam F. Davis Tampa Bay Downs 1 1/16 miles (10) Candy Man Rocket(4) Nova Rags(2) Hidden Stash(1) Boca Boy
Feb. 13 El Camino Real Golden Gate 1 1/8 miles (AW) (10) Rombauer(4) Javanica(2) Govenor's Party(1) It's My House 
Feb. 13Risen StarFair Grounds 1 1/8 miles (50) Mandaloun(20) Proxy(10) Midnight Bourbon(5) O Besos
Feb. 26Battaglia Memorial Turfway1 1/16 miles (AW)(10) Hush Of A Storm(4) Like the King(2) Gretzky the Great(1) Hard Rye Guy
Feb. 27 Southwest Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 miles (10) Essential Quality(4) Spielberg(2) Jackie's Warrior(1) Woodhouse
Feb. 27Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park 1 1/16 miles (50) Greatest Honour(20) Drain the Clock(10) Papetu(5) Tarantino
Mar. 6Gotham Aqueduct1 mile (50) Weyburn(20) Crowded Trade(10) Highly Motivated(5) Freedom Fighter
Mar. 6Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs1 1/16 miles (50) Helium(20) Hidden Stash (10) Moonlite Strike(5) Unbridled Honor
Mar. 6San Felipe Santa Anita 1 1/16 miles (50) Life Is Good(20) Medina Spirit(10) Dream Shake(5) Roman Centurian
Mar. 13 Rebel Oaklawn Park 1 1/16 miles (50) Concert Tour(20) Hozier(10) Big Lake(5) Super Stock
Mar. 20Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds 1 3/16 miles (100) Hot Rod Charlie(40) Midnight Bourbon(20) O Besos(10) Proxy
Mar. 27UAE Derby Meydan1 1/8 miles (100) Rebel's Romance(40) Panadol(20) New Treasure(10) Takeru Pegasus
Mar. 27Jeff Ruby Steaks Turfway Park 1 3/16 miles (AW)(100) Like the King(40) Sainthood(20) Hockey Dad(10) Hard Rye Guy
Mar. 27 Florida Derby Gulfstream Park 1 1/8 miles (100) Known Agenda(40) Soup and Sandwich(20) Greatest Honour(10) Nova Rags
Apr. 3Blue Grass Keeneland 1 1/8 miles (100) Essential Quality(40) Highly Motivated(20) Rombauer(10) Hidden Stash
Apr. 3 Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita 1 1/8 miles(100) Rock Your World(40) Medina Spirit(20) Dream Shake(10) Defunded
Apr. 3Wood MemorialAqueduct 1 1/8 Miles(100) Bourbonic(40) Dynamic One(20) Crowded Trade(10) Weyburn
Apr. 10Arkansas DerbyOaklawn Park 1 1/8 miles (100) Super Stock(40) Caddo River(20) Concert Tour(10) Get Her Number
Apr. 10LexingtonKeeneland 1 1/16 miles (20) King Fury(8) Unbridled Honor(4) Starrininmydreams(2) Proxy